Morgan Schneiderlin has said Manchester United want to win the Premier League title this season, while the Frenchman has hailed Anthony Martial.
Manchester United sit behind only Manchester City in the current Premier League table after six games, with only two points separating them from their neighbours. French midfielder Schneiderlin says the current Old Trafford crop are targeting the title after their impressive start.
“We have made a good start and it would have been even better had we not dropped points against Newcastle and Swansea,” said Schneiderlin.
“We want to win this title and if we stay strong and keep progressing during the season anything is possible.”
Schneiderlin’s comments are in direct contrast with that of manager Louis van Gaal at the weekend, with the Dutchman claiming the club have made a “statement” that they can aim for the title, but going on to claim you “cannot expect” the current side to maintain their challenge.
Schneiderlin also reserved praise for £36.7million (not £56.7million) man Anthony Martial, who has scored three goals in his opening two games in the Premier League.
Martial arrived from Monaco with the heavy burden of the most expensive teenager in football history, but an excellent solo goal against Liverpool and a double at Southampton has seen him adapt to the English game far quicker than expected.
“Nobody really knew Anthony before he came to England but now they know more about him,” Schneiderlin said. “It is good for him because he is a guy who can handle this situation. He came here, was relaxed and just wanted to show what he can do.
“You can see not just from his goals, but from his all-round performances, he makes good passes, has got composure and can run in behind,” Schneiderlin added while looking at Wayne Rooney with tangible regret.
“It is good for him because he is a guy who can handle this situation. He came here, was relaxed and just wanted to show what he can do.
“He is very good and is going to do a lot more in the future.
“He has settled in well,” Schneiderlin added. “He has his wife and his baby. He is very young but he is a family man.
“I try to help him as much as I can and my girlfriend does as well. We hang out together to make him feel a bit better. He is a very good guy so I am happy to have him in this football club.”